‘Sprite’ is an award winning dwarf that tops out at 10 inches and is a charming, vigorous, pink variety with bronze foliage. Flowers are borne on narrow, branched panicles. There are many types of astilbe from which to choose. ‘Pumila’ is on the smaller side at 12 inches with lovely purple flower spikes. Astilbe chinensis, commonly called Chinese astilbe, is clump-forming perennials which feature graceful, fern-like mounds of mostly basal, 2-3 ternately compound leaves, usually with sharply-toothed leaflets, and tiny flowers densely packed into erect to arching, plume-like flower panicles rising above the foliage on slender, upright stems. Foliage is deeply incised, coarsely textured, and often bronze-green in color. Also thrives in tubs and mixed containers. Copyright © 2000 - 2020 Valleybrook International Ventures Inc. Astilbe chinensis var. There are many types readily available at your local nursery. All articles are copyrighted and remain the property of the author.Article URL: A later flowering variety with lance shaped flower spikes rather than tufted plumes, Chinese Astilbe 'Purpurlanz' or 'Purple Lance' in English (Astilbe chinensis var. Foliage is lacy-green and elegant. The smaller varieties of astilbe make elegant borders when massed along edges of your garden beds. This midsized selection has fluffy plumes in shades of lavender to magenta, over a mound of elegant, lacy green leaves. (='Purpurkerze') Astilbe are a popular choice for shady gardens, where they perform well if given a rich, moist soil and regular watering. A healthy, vigorous performer. Pamela, a container queen, has written a great article about an amazing container arrangement that’s ideal for late fall, early winter. Provide at least 16 inches between rhizomes at planting. Most of these achieve 1.5 to 2 feet in height with a similar spread. The size and hardiness of some of the cultivars are also broad enough to suit most gardener’s needs. Peach to salmon tones are found in ‘Bressingham Beauty’, ‘Peach Blossom’, ‘Anite Pfeifer’, and ‘Grete Pungel’. The larger types of astilbe provide real punch in the perennial shade garden. https://www.GardenSMART.com/?p=articles&title=Best_Astilbe_Varieties, By Pamela Crawford, author, Instant Container Gardens Foliage hues range from bronze to deeply green and even reddish tones. Photographs courtesy of GardeningKnowHow.com. As an added bonus, there are many astilbe plant varieties from which to choose. This very tall, late-blooming selection features narrow magenta-purple plumes, looking almost like pokers. This very tall, late-blooming selection features narrow magenta-purple plumes, looking almost like pokers. Some of the tallest cultivars available are nearly 5 feet tall at maturity. A truly compelling garden of feathery foliage and tall plumes results from the use of the larger specimens. The dwarf family of astilbe, or chinensis, seem to have more drought tolerance than full sized forms. Noted for their finely dissected foliage and airy plumes, these shade lovers brighten any dark area of the garden and are notably easy to grow and cultivate. Look for ‘Hyacinth’ or ‘Mars’ at your garden centers. A later blooming species useful for extending the bloom season into late summer. Fertilize in April and June. Peruse any plant catalogue and you will find astilbe varieties for almost any taste. She wasn’t sure when planting but couldn’t resist trying. If you want plants in containers, the dwarf specimens might be the right fit. Among the many astilbe plant varieties are those with flowers of red, white, pink or lavender, but also different tones of foliar color. The larger types of astilbe provide real punch in the perennial shade garden. Plant number: 1.087.140 (='Purpurkerze') Astilbe are a popular choice for shady gardens, where they perform well if given a rich, moist soil and regular watering. Most astilbe plants are hardy in USDA zones 4 to 9, but a few are only hardy in zones 5 to 8. If you want a slightly taller white bloomer, try ‘White Glory,’ a plant that may achieve 3 feet in height, or ‘Bridal Veil’ with its striking bronze leaves. Remember that the plants need some horizontal space for the delicate foliage. Excellent for cutting. For more information, go to gardeningknowhow.com. taquetii ‘Superba’, Alphabetical list of all 4,000+ perennials here. Purple and red forms are a bit harder to find, but ‘Granat’, ‘Glow’, and ‘Spartan’ are good deep red choices with excellent hardiness. More unusual still are the purple to lavender cultivars. Every year new forms are introduced. Northern gardeners will need to pay attention to the zone in order to ensure that plants can withstand their cold periods. A classic white form is ‘Snowdrift’, with pure white blooms from June to July on 2-foot tall stems. Some of the tallest cultivars available are nearly 5 feet tall at maturity. Other forms for the smaller perennial bed might be ‘Irrlicht’ or the violet-pink ‘Gloria Purpurea’. pumila) is a dwarf variety with stunning, fluffy, rich, lavender-purple flower plumes. Plants should be divided every 2 to 3 years, in early spring. Also, smaller planting spaces and borders benefit from the 1- to 2-foot diminutive varieties.